Thanks, Congressman Yoho!!! ♦ GOP to Trump: ‘Quickly’ Sign Order Adding Citizenship Question to Census

Please call congressman Ted Yoho (FL District 3) and thank him for standing up and signing this letter.
Washington, D.C office (202) 225-5744 ♦ Gainesville office: (352) 505-0838

From the left leaning HILL.COM:  Stop ginning up hysteria: Citizenship question on census is nothing new.

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From BREITBART.COM:  by John Binder

A number of House Republicans are petitioning President Trump to quickly sign an executive order that adds the American citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Trump’s Commerce Department first announced last year that the American citizenship question — i.e., all U.S. residents are asked whether or not they are a U.S. citizen — would be put back on the Census form for 2020. Since 1950, the citizenship question has not been asked on the full Census, leaving the nation without an exact estimate of how many citizens and noncitizens are in the country.

Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court voted five-four to block the addition of the citizenship question on the upcoming Census, though reports have circulated that Trump is planning to sign an executive order to ensure that the question is put on the 2020 Census forms.

In a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday, 19 House Republicans asked that Trump sign an executive order as soon as possible that would place the citizenship question on the 2020 Census, noting its importance in knowing the impact of the country’s mass illegal and legal immigration system.

The letter states:

We are writing today to encourage you to work with President Trump to support the issuance of a memorandum or executive order appropriate under our Constitution and laws to clearly outline the President’s rationale for including a citizenship question on the census. Inclusion of such a citizenship question is clearly constitutional and lawful, and as members of Congress we can say unequivocally that we support inclusion of such a question and that it is critical that the President do so as quickly as possible as we prepare for the coming census. [Emphasis added] From our vantage point in Congress, there are numerous important reasons to include the question on the census, of which the President clearly is aware. Those reasons range from determining appropriations levels for states and localities and having data for states to make decisions on ballot box placement, to collection of data for purposes of understanding the impact of immigration (legal and illegal) on communities, as well as obviously impacting apportionment and re-districting. [Emphasis added] Despite claims to the contrary, citizenship is unquestionably germane to carrying out our duty to apportion representatives. Setting aside the fact it remains an unsettled question as to whether states can, in fact, use citizenship data in redistricting, the 14th Amendment demands that we take into account citizenship in allocation of representation. Under section 2 of the 14th Amendment – and as further amended by the 19th and 26th Amendments – in order that we be able to enforce the penalty put in place by the Amendment’s authors and ratifiers for any interference with the right to vote, the administration arguably is required to capture the citizenship information. [Emphasis added]

Those who petitioned Trump to immediately sign an executive order to include the citizenship question on the Census include:

  • Chip Roy (R-TX)
  • Mo Brooks (R-AL)
  • Jody Hice (R-GA)
  • Bill Posey (R-FL)
  • Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
  • Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
  • Jim Jordan (R-OH)
  • Ted Yoho (R-FL)
  • Ralph Norman (R-SC)
  • Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
  • Michael Cloud (R-TX)
  • Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
  • Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
  • Warren Davidson (R-OH)
  • Ted Budd (R-NC)
  • Scott Perry (R-PA)
  • Andy Harris (R-MD)
  • Alex Mooney (R-WV)
  • Mark Meadows (R-NC)

Read the rest HERE.

 

Todd Starnes: Florida Leftists Attack Ex-Gator Wearing MAGA Hat

Daniel Weldon (Courtesy Daniel Weldon)

by Todd Starnes

The only thing that will trigger a liberal faster than a Chick-fil-A sandwich is a gun-toting, Bible-clinging Deplorable wearing a Make America Great Again ballcap.

Americans of all shapes, sizes and colors have been bullied, badgered and bruised simply for wearing one of those iconic red ballcaps – from teenagers in a Texas burger joint to an elderly man in a California Starbucks.

The latest attack involved a former member of the University of Florida football team in Gainesville, Florida.

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Daniel Weldon, 22, was celebrating the Fourth of July with his friend when he was accosted and assaulted by a rowdy group of seven men and women.

Weldon, who is chairman of the Florida Federation of College Republicans, tells me he was decked out in patriotic garb – an American flag shirt, a Trump pin and a MAGA hat. Read the rest HERE.

Stand up to GRU – Protest Tuesday at GRU Office at 4:30pm

Attention ALL GRU Ratepayers: Protest Tuesday at GRU at 4:30pm

Screenshot_2019-06-24 MYCBS4 Gainesville residents protest GRU rate increases outside of city hall on June 20th

Protest Tuesday @ GRU at 4:30pm. Note: ALL GRU ratepayers are burdened by high utility rates even if you live outside of the Gainesville city limits so please attend and make your voice heard.

Great news,

The UAB (utility advisory board) will be holding a meeting this Tuesday, June 25th at 5:30pm at GRU located at 301 SE 4th Ave. near Depot Park and bus station.

Citizens will be protesting out front on the corner from 4:30pm – 5:30pm and we encourage you and your friends to come out and join us!

People are beginning to hear about the protest – to Stop Another GRU Rate Hike – we had last Thursday at City Hall and on University Ave.

They are taking the protest news back to their friends, family and neighbors and the distrust of GRU management and the city commission is growing.

Many GRU customers are ALREADY paying the highest utility bills in the state and the City and GRU need to cut their BLOATED budget.

We also succeeded in getting the message out that while our city is in the middle of a budget crisis Mayor Poe takes off on a TAXPAYER funded trip to Hawaii.

Not the time to back down.

Sorry about the mix up with the cold drinks last Thursday – will have them this TUESDAY starting at 4:30pm.

This is where people go to pay their GRU bill in hopes that they do not get their power shut off. GRU is located on the EASTSIDE of town.

We saved the protest signs and making more.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you,

Debbie

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Take a look at some of our new signs and we are open to suggestions. Feel free to bring some signs of your own.

Fire GRU Manager

Mayor Poe must Resign

No More GRU Biomass Electric Rate Hikes

Mayor Poe in Hawaii on Our Dime!

GRU bills already Sky High

We cannot Afford to pay More

GRU rate hikes Hurt the Poor

Stop GRU rate hikes

*Posted with permission of author

Breitbart Exclusive — Burgess Owens on Reparations: ‘Every Bad Thing That’s Happened to My Race Over the Years’ Goes ‘Right Back to the Democratic Party’

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by Robert Kraychik June 19, 2019

“Every bad thing that’s happened to my race over the years, you can go right back to the Democratic Party,” said Burgess Owens, retired NFL safety and Super Bowl champion, in a Wednesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

Earlier on Wednesday, Owens testified at a hearing on slavery reparations before a House Judiciary subcommittee. He proposed that the Democrat Party pay for “all the misery” brought upon blacks across America’s history.

“So I’m blessed that it’s not a hypothetical to me,” continued Owens. “I know how it felt. I looked around and saw the examples of great men and women. To be where we are today is an insult to them. My dad, my granddad, my great-grandfather worked too hard for their history to be forgotten. That’s actually what it takes for this socialist-Marxist shadow, and that’s all reparations is. It’s another socialist way of getting people dependent, angry, and divided. But for that to work, they have to first demean and delete our great history, and we can’t let that happen, because what we’ve done together has made our country the greatest in the history of mankind.” Audio,video and the rest of this article HERE.

 

 

Gainesville City Commission Vote Yes to Increased GRU Rates and Property Taxes

by Landon Harrar

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — It’s a double-whammy for taxpayers in the city of Gainesville.

City commissioners voted Wednesday to approve 6.4 percent rate increase for electricity, and that isn’t the only rate hike.

Commissioners have for months been trying to find millions of dollars to make up for their budget shortage. Wednesday, on a vote of 4-3, property taxes, the fire fee, and GRU rates will help fix that gap. Read the rest HERE.

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Residents are NOT happy about it. From Facebook :

Commissioners approved a 6.4% electric rate increase and property tax increase that could be as high as 11.5%.

After months of deliberations, Gainesville’s elected leaders on Wednesday decided to increase electric rates and property taxes to make up what’s left of a budget shortfall.

The Gainesville City Commission voted 4-3 to increase electric rates by 6.4% and bump property taxes up 11.5%, an increase that will cost most city residents hundreds more a year. Commissioners Gail Johnson, Harvey Ward and Gigi Simmons voted in dissent.

The City Commission will vote again in July and September to finalize the increases.

The electric increase is higher than what Gainesville Regional Utilities officials initially requested and eats up savings customers had seen from the $754 million biomass plant purchase in 2017.

Though currently the lowest in the county, the city’s proposed property tax rate would be the highest it’s been in 25 years. The increase puts Gainesville at the second lowest, behind Archer, and would add almost $4 million to the city’s budget.

Property values have gone up roughly 6% in Alachua County in the past year.

Those in attendance asked city leaders to think about cutting the budget before considering increases on taxpayers and pointed to GRU customers’ charges and rates that are already at or near the highest in the state.

The proposed revenue increases will cover the city’s remaining $3.2 million budget deficit — a hole that started at $12 million. The city’s budget also includes new commission initiatives and 16.5 full-time employees at a cost of $1.2 million, which interim City Manager Deborah Bowie said were not a factor in the deficit.

Throughout the budget process, the commission has not made any cuts to its budget, with the exception of about $790,000 in reduced pension payments.

Commissioners on Wednesday agreed to consider up to $1.5 million in department cuts at an upcoming meeting, a suggestion they rejected in February.

Mayor Lauren Poe said the city has been “very conservative” on spending and that the city has done everything possible to lower rates or keep them steady, despite increasing rates in each of the last three years.

“You cannot starve government into greatness,” Poe said. “We cannot address the challenges we have as a community by reducing the level of service that our customers both expect and need.”

Poe also said an upcoming renters’ rights ordinance will have the most significant and positive impact on electric bills.

Earlier in the year, it was suggested that GRU and the City Hall side of government would share the $12 million deficit. GRU had refinanced its debt, adding $114 million in new debt, to make up most of the deficit.

After Wednesday’s meeting, it was clear that property owners and GRU customers will be forced to make up the difference with increases in their property taxes and utility bills.

The utility’s general manager, Ed Bielarski, asked the city to cut about $3 million from the general fund transfer — money that moves from GRU to City Hall to pay for various services. The GFT currently sits around $38 million and typically grows about 1.5% each year. GRU had initially requested commissioners lower the GFT by $6 million, instead of increasing it, so customers weren’t impacted as much. In the end, commissioners kept the GFT flat, resulting in a higher electric rate increase.

Bielarski estimates the increases, for those who use 1,000 kWh, will make customer’s electric bills go up 4.25% and about 2.5% on the overall bill.

“I know for some people that’s difficult for them,” Bielarski said. “But it is something that the utility needs to maintain its fleet of assets and to keep its financial strength intact.”

In April, the utility had the third-highest residential bills and by far the highest commercial bills in the state.

GRU customers also will see increases for other utility services.

Gas rates will increase 0.57%, water 0.44% and wastewater 0.42% to make up for employee raises previously approved by the commission last month. In April, GRU had also increased its fuel adjustment charge by $3.50 per 1,000 kWh.

Commissioners also agreed to increase the fire assessment fee by up to 32% percent to make up for rising costs. The proposed increase was initially $11.

If approved in July, the city will charge $133 per fire protection unit.

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  • Ivo Rabell In April, the utility had the third-highest residential bills and by far the highest commercial bills in the state.Together with the upcoming “renters right ordinance” The left/progressive city commissioners are slowly turning Gainesville into a small city shit-hole just like the left/progressive commissioners have done in San Francisco. L.A., Seattle, Portland, etc.
  • Richard Giambrone The city under the guise of “renters rights” will further alienate owners from thieir investments. I’ve been in the business a lot of years and I remember way back somewhere in the late 70’s or early 80’s many of us went to a commission meeting concerning our properties. The point is this city has had over a 40 year history of scapegoaing and landlord abuse without ever acknowledging the befenits landlords do for the this tiny back water( read soon to be Shole) municipality. The fees we pay to the city far surpass any expense created from absentee ownership.Recently they suspended the prison labor cotract which was a great savings due to the low wage paid for that service. In place of that program they hired “x” number of full time employees to do what the prisoners did. Meanwhile they pat themselves on the back and loudly and proudly proclaim “look at the jobs WE created” All they did was raise the expenses. UNTIL THE LEADERS OF THIS COMMUNITY STOP SEEING CITY GOVERNMENT AS GIANT MAKEWORK PROGRAM WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE RED INK.

    Link to post and comments on Facebook.

Ron DeSantis Takes on the BDS Movement

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By Caroline Glick

“If you openly support BDS in Florida, you’re dead, politically.”

That was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s conclusion from the surprisingly large role the issue of the antisemitic “boycott, divestment and sanctions” (BDS) campaign against Israel played in his close race against Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum in Floridan’s gubernatorial election last November.

DeSantis edged out the hardcore progressive Democrat by a mere 0.4 percent, or 32,000 votes.

DeSantis made the remark during the course of his official visit to Israel last week. He led a massive trade mission of Florida business leaders, cabinet secretaries, and university presidents on a five-day trip to the Jewish state. During the course of the mission, Florida universities signed collaboration agreements with Israeli universities spanning a vast spectrum of undertakings from water purification to space research.

The mission merged the twin goals of increasing Florida-Israel economic, academic and commercial ties; and fighting anti-Semitism generally, and the BDS campaign against Israel specifically. Its success was a stunning expression of DeSantis’s state government’s friendship with Israel. It also placed the sharp contrast between progressive Democrats — like his opponent, Gillum — and DeSantis in stark relief. Read the rest HERE.

Caroline Glick is a world-renowned journalist and commentator on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, and the author of The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East. Read more at www.CarolineGlick.com.

 

Kris Kobach: Catch and Release Can Be Instantly Ended Without Congress

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by John Binder

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is detailing a plan for President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would instantly end the administration’s expanded Catch and Release policy.

As Breitbart News has chronicled, DHS has been releasing roughly 1,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the United States through the unofficial Catch and Release program. The process often entails federal immigration officials dropping illegal aliens off at bus stations, where they are then released from custody with the promise to return for their immigration hearings. The overwhelming majority of illegal aliens are never deported from the country once released into the interior.

During an interview on Fox News, Kobach explained how the policy can be instantly ended by the creation of more detention space:

One of the problems we have right now is because the system is so overloaded in terms of detention space … we’ve maxed out on the detention space we have. We have to think creatively and make additional space, because if we don’t then all these people who are claiming asylum — they suddenly make the claim and then they suddenly disappear into the fabric of the United States, never to be seen again. [Emphasis added]

My point was we should have processing centers either at U.S. military bases or other facilities where we bring in the thousands upon thousands of trailer homes that FEMA still has … let’s use them to solve this crisis so that we can keep people in comfortable living conditions but instead of just turning them loose and never to be seen again, let’s process their asylum claim quickly. [Emphasis added]

I would think most people claiming asylum, if its a true claim, would want it to be processed quickly. Get it done and if they fail in their attempt to claim asylum, then put them on a passenger plane immediately and fly them back home. [Emphasis added]

Kobach said the plan would not only end Catch and Release, but also act as a deterrent for future border crossers and illegal aliens. contyinue reading HERE.

 

IMPORTANT: Gainesville City Commission Meeting Tonight – GRU

From the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee:

To ACREC members and Concerned GRU Customers,
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A very important meeting is happening this week at the Gainesville City Commission on Thursday, 3/21, at 6:00 pm and your attendance is requested.  PLEASE ARRIVE BY 5:45 TO GET A SEAT!!  The City is going to take a vote on MORE DEBT!!! They refuse to cut spending on “pet projects.” In summary, the UAB (Utility Advisory Board) had a meeting last Thursday to look at refinancing some existing bond and increasing our debt by another $200 million or so. The bonds would have been paid off over the next 5 years, but the CC (City Commission) doesn’t want to reduce spending to make this happen. So they want to refinance the bonds at a lower initial rate, but based on the repayment schedule GRU will have to increase what it pays back. Basically kicking the can down the road and making the situation worse! The CC is on record talking about the dire consequences of NOT doing the refi as GRU bond rates might get lowered. Well several hours before the meeting GM (General Manager) Ed Bielarski had been notified by the rating agency Fitch that some of GRU’s debt had been downgraded, but did not disclose this fact to the full board, but did share this with Commission Adrian Hayes-Santos and the UAB chair. The UAB voted for the refi and the $200+ million which the CC will be voting on at theThursday evening meeting. Bielarski withheld the news from the UAB board and effectively spun his presentation to make the UAB vote the way he wanted – which is what the CC wanted! So the UAB gives the CC cover for acting fiscally irresponsible AGAIN! (The reason for the downgrade was that GRU has too much debt! GRU needs the $200+ because they have burnt thru significant reserves and they don’t want to reduce the $38 million general fund transfer. The estimates are that they need to cut the budget by $12 million or by some number and raise taxes. They hate the word bankruptcy, but the debt is going to consume ever larger chunks of GRU cash flow and insolvency is a very real possibility!
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Filling the chamber is necessary to help stop the City Commission from taking GRU deeper into debt in the wake of a downgrade that was concealed from the public. You don’t have speak if you don’t want to, you can just echo what Wilbur Holloway, Nathan Skop and other GRU customers are going to say. If you want to speak, the leaders of our ACREC Local Government Affairs Committee (Wilbur Holloway and Darlene Pifalo) will be able to . This is another BAD DEAL for GRU customers! A lower credit rating hurts GRU customers!!
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PLEASE COME AND BRING A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR!!!!
We need as many people as possible!!!
STOP the Gainesville City Commission for taking GRU even deeper into debt.
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Meeting Location:
City Hall
200 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
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Please contact
Wilbur Holloway at
352-359-5677 for more information.

#RedforEd: Socialists Organizing Teachers to Turn Purple States Blue by 2020

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by Michael Patrick Leahy

A well-funded and subversive leftist movement of teachers in the United States threatens to tilt the political balance nationwide in the direction of Democrats across the country as Republicans barely hang on in key states that they need to hold for President Donald Trump to win re-election and for Republicans to have a shot at retaking the House and holding onto their Senate majority.

This teachers union effort, called #RedforEd, has its roots in the very same socialism that President Trump vowed in his 2019 State of the Union address to stop, and it began in its current form in early 2018 in a far-flung corner of the country before spreading nationally. Its stated goals–higher teacher pay and better education conditions–are overshadowed by a more malevolent political agenda: a leftist Democrat uprising designed to flip purple or red states to blue, using the might of a significant part of the education system as its lever.

The movement takes its name from a political organizing tool first seen in Florida in 2010, when teachers union members wore red to express political opposition to public school reform proposals under consideration at that time in the state and encouraged parents and political activists from other unions to join them.

Here, for the first time, Breitbart News pulls the mask back from what #RedforEd really is, who is behind the movement, and what its true objectives are, in a full examination of exactly who these people influencing the teachers of America’s kids are and what their goals–particularly their political objectives–really are. Read the full article HERE.

Read more articles about the radical left wing #REDFORED.

 

 

Progressive Gainesville City Government OKs Plastic Bag, Styrofoam Ban

A plastic bag sits alongside a roadside in Sacramento,Calif. The Gainescille City Commission gave final approval Thursday night to a ban on plastic shopping bags and polystyrene food containers. Enforcement of the ban won’t begin untio Aug. 1. [Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press/File]

by Cindy Swerko

Enforcement of the ban on plastic shopping bags and polystyrene carry-out food containers begins Aug. 1.

The days of plastic shopping bags and polystyrene carry-out food containers are numbered — the Gainesville City Commission gave final approval Thursday night to a ban.

Several people in the audience spoke in favor and against the ban, but it was unanimously approved. Read the rest of this article at gainesville.com.

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